Tag Archives: Nature

Toshi’s Little Treasures

toshis-little-treasuresIn this search-and–find information book, young Toshi and his grandmother explore six of their favorite places – the riverbank, the city, the forest, the country, the park, and the beach. Toshi finds treasures to add to his growing collection in his new backpack. He finds a pussy willow branch, a dog whistle, a partridge feather, a glittery rock, a coin, and much more. Each scene is featured in a double-page spread, followed by matching activity pages where readers can identify Toshi’s treasures and match them to related items. Answers at the back of the book give additional interesting facts. The animals they find are also presented. Charming, delicate watercolor art adds to the fun. mjw
Title: Toshi’s Little Treasures
Author: Nadine Robert
Illustrator
: Aki
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Yvette Ghione
Original Title
: Le grand livre des petits trésors
Original Publisher
: Comme des Geants, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-573-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Montreal, Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Grandmothers, Habitats, Nature, Natural history

Snow

Walter de la Mare’s gentle poem has illustrations of a family preparing for Christmas, done in screen prints with a limited, muted palette.  The family decorates their home, goes to bed, and waits for Santa Claus to arrive.  The children wake up to presents, going sledding, and making a snowman.  The text is perfect for the illustrations.  The book makes a beautiful winter bedtime story. mjw
Title: Snow
Author: Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
Illustrator
: Carolina Rabei
Publisher
: Faber & Faber
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House. London
Original Copyright
: 2014.  The poem “Snow” was first published in Peacock and Pie in 1924
ISBN
: 978-0-571-31219-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Poetry
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Moldova
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Christmas, Santa Claus, Snow, Weather

Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea

This oversized encyclopedic book takes readers on a journey along the most important rivers in the world. “Understanding rivers helps us to understand history and the people who have lived alongside them for centuries.” Each detailed illustration includes major events, historical figures, and favorite stories connected with the river. A table of contents guides readers along the journey. mjw
Title: Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea
Author: Peter Goes
Illustrator
: Peter Goes
Publisher
: Gecko Press Ltd. New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: Bill Nagelkerke
Original Title
: Rivieren
Original Publisher
: Lannoo Publishers
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-16-8
Hardcover pages
: 80
Age range
: 7-12
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: World
Author’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
Subjects
: Continents, Exploration, Oceans, Rivers, Sea life, Seas, Water

Dear Professor Whale

In nine short, charming chapters, Professor Whale plans another Whale Point Olympics.  Penguins, whales, and seals come together in the follow-up to Yours Sincerely, Giraffe.  Takabatake’s simple black and white drawings capture the essence of the animals. mjw
Title: Dear Professor Whale
Author: Megumi Iwasa
Illustrator
: Jun Takabatake
Publisher
: Gecko Press, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Cathy Hirano
Original Publisher
: Kaiser-sha Publishing Co.
Original Copyright
: 2003
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-06-9
Hardcover pages
: 104
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Fiction, chapter book
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Tokyo, Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan 
Subjects
: Humor, Marine life, Penguins, Seals, Whales

Elephant Secret

Thirteen-year-old Samantha Gray lives with her dad on an elephant sanctuary with eleven elephants. She understands the elephants’ behavior and has a special relationship with each one.  When one of the elephants, named Daisy Mae, dies while giving birth to a very unusual baby, Sam’s world is turned upside down.  She names the baby elephant Woolly and she becomes the mother, feeding her bottles of formula and protecting her.  Sam meets the billionaire genius who funded the impregnated elephant and he explains that the birth was a cloning experiment and that Woolly is a woolly mammoth.  This is a captivating family story of love and our responsibility to all living things on earth. mjw
Title: Elephant Secret
Author:  Eric Walters
Publisher
: Clarion Books, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language:
English
ISBN
: 978-1-328796172
Hardcover pages
: 352
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: North America
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario, Canada
Awards
: Author has won the Children’s Africana Book Award
Subjects
: Animal sanctuaries, Cloning, Elephants, Human/animal relationships, Orphaned animals, Woolly mammoths

Lucy And The Dragonfly

Lucy lives in the yellow house on the hill, at the end of the lane, in a village filled with lakes and forests, on a big continent, on a blue planet.  When Lucy smiles, the sun smiles.  She can feel the Earth’s heart beating, inside her heart.  The wind tells her all the bad things that humans are doing to the planet.  When the planet gets sick, Lucy’s tears travel from the wings of a dragonfly all across the planet to a boy named Tama who also knows how to listen to the whispers of the wind.  Lucy’s story spreads across the globe, everyone does their part to heal the Earth, and hope is born.  Soft illustrations complement the story about climate change.  mjw
Title: Lucy And The Dragonfly
Author: Lucie Papineau
Illustrator
: Caroline Hamel
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-5620-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Climate Change, Green living, Recycling

Where The World Ends

In the summer of 1727, eight boys and three men are marooned on a remote rocky stac at the edge of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  They were sent there to harvest birds for food, feathers, and oil.  No one returns to collect them. They survive for nine months through deadly storms, madness, and starvation.  Based on a true story, this is an unsettling and awe-inspiring novel.  The world-building is brilliant.  A map of St. Kilda, an afterword, black-and-white sketches of birds, and a glossary are included.  mjw
Title: Where The World Ends
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher
: Usborne Publishing Ltd. London
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-4749-2114-5
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 11 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction, based on a true story
Book setting
: Hirta, St. Kilda, Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Berkshire, England 
Awards
: 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Subjects
: Birds, Cultures, Geography, Natural world, Survival, Western Islands (Scotland)